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3:55 AM ET, January 21, 2015

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The White House / Medium:
President Obama's State of the Union Address—Remarks As Prepared for Delivery  —  There is a ritual on State of the Union night in Washington.  A little before the address, the White House sends out an embargoed copy of the President's speech to the press (embargoed means that the press can see the speech …
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CNNMoney.com:
Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News  —  Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed “no-go zones” for non-Muslims.  —  Hidalgo said the channel had “insulted” her city.  —  “When we're insulted …
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News: Paris Mayor's Anger Over Reports On Muslims ‘Misplaced’  —  After the Paris mayor threatened to sue Fox News on Tuesday over the network's recent bogus reports on Muslim “no-go zones” in the city, the network responded that the mayor's comments were “misplaced.”
Doreen Carvajal / New York Times:
Fox News Becomes the Unwilling Star of a French TV Satire  —  PARIS — Mockery is a national weapon in France, so when an American cable news channel raised false alarms about rampant lawlessness in some Paris neighborhoods — proclaiming them “no-go zones” for non-Muslims, avoided even by the police …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
CNN Correspondent Confronts Bobby Jindal Over False Comments About Muslims
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
France 24:
Paris mayor to sue Fox News over ‘no-go zones’ slur
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Full Text of Republican Response to State of the Union  —  The office of House speaker John Boehner has posted the full text of the Republican response to the State of the Union (breaking its own self-imposed embargo), to be delivered by Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa:  —  “Good evening.  —  “I'm Joni Ernst.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Joni Ernst's response: Congress is ‘back to work’  —  Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell tapped the Iowa freshman in December to deliver the GOP's rebuttal to the State of the Union.  —  Sen. Joni Ernst declared Tuesday that Congress' new Republican majority is “back to work” …
Discussion: ABC News
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
RON FOURNIER IN EXCELSIS: ADVICE FOR THE PRESIDENT AND TONIGHT'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS … Sometimes the curveball doesn't curve, or the slider hangs, or the fastball isn't fast.  This is one of those days.  Ron Fournier's advice on what the president should say tonight in his State …
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Alex Pareene / Gawker:
The State of the Union Is Dumb Hacks Writing Garbage Speeches  —  Six years into the Obama presidency, I thought we'd finally run out of hotshot administration bros the political press could glowingly profile in exchange for future access to meaningless scooplets.  I was wrong.
Daily Mail:
Gun-toting Christian mother-of-three who made ‘liberal heads explode’ admits cheating on her military vet husband with Tea Party member  — Holly Fisher wrote in a statement on Sunday: ‘For a very short period... I actually believed my marriage was over and found someone else’
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Raw Story
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama calls for civility, then immediately taunts Republicans over his two presidential wins … President Obama spent much of Tuesday's State of the Union calling for civility in politics — then taunted Republicans over his two election victories, after many of them applauded the looming end of his political career.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama in a Word: ‘Good,’ ‘Incompetent’  —  Fewer See This Year's State of the Union as More Important  —  As public perceptions of Barack Obama have changed over the course of his presidency, so too have the words used to describe him.  —  The national survey by the Pew Research Center …
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Mark Murray / NBC News:
Economy Gives Obama Slight Lift Ahead of Sixth State of the Union
Radley Balko / Washington Post:
More fallout from Eric Holder's changes to civil asset forfeiture law  —  On Friday, I posted some analysis of Attorney General Eric Holder's changes to the equitable-sharing program, which allows local police agencies to circumvent state restrictions on civil asset forfeiture …
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Dish and Hit & Run
Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Defiant Speech  —  President Obama talked about spending a lot of money tonight — on preschool care, community college, new infrastructure, and a variety of tax preferences for middle- and lower-income earners.  All financed by new taxes, primarily on the wealthy.
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Senate Dems push Keystone amendments  —  Senate Democrats are pressing amendments to legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline, arguing their proposals would “actually make it an American jobs bill.”  —  “We have some suggestions on how to make the bill better and actually make it an American jobs bill.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Pennsylvania Senate Race Looks Competitive  —  PPP's first poll of the 2016 Pennsylvania Senate race finds it picking up pretty much where the 2010 Senate race left off- with Pat Toomey holding a narrow edge over Joe Sestak.  Toomey leads Sestak 40/36, similar to his 2 point margin of victory the first time the duo faced off.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Shane Ferro / Business Insider:
Embracing Our Robot Overlords Won't Save Us From Secular Stagnation  —  It's time to welcome our robot overlords, says University of Manchester economist Diane Coyle in the Financial Times.  —  While there's a lot of fear out there about how machines will replace human jobs in the future …
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
State of the Union 2015: It's Baaaaack!  White House Teases Possible Return of Obama's Tan Suit … White House staffers wanted to spice up their official Twitter feed—and the President's wardrobe—by sending out a teasing tweet ahead of tonight's big State of the Union speech.
Discussion: Fusion, Washington Post and Politico
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Mike Huckabee Is Your Candidate Of Cultural Resentment  —  I'm going to confess an unpopular opinion (among liberals at least) and say that as much as I enjoy The Daily Show, Jon Stewart is usually not that good an interviewer when it comes to political figures.
 
 
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James Walker / aweablog.org:
A PLEASANT SURPRISE: USA, NOT CHINA, IS #1 IN WIND ENERGY
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Fusion
Adam B. Lerner / Politico:
Rep. Steve King decries ‘deportable’ in Michelle Obama's balcony
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Pentagon in position to evacuate U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Power Line
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Supreme Court Rules for Bearded Muslim Inmate
Discussion: ABC News, The Week, Hot Air and Liberaland
Associated Press:
Government health care website quietly sharing personal data
Discussion: Hit & Run
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congresswomen Withdraw Their Support For Proposed Abortion Ban
TBO.com:
Deputy who used excessive force on inmate fired, Pinellas sheriff's office says
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Warren Rojas / Roll Call:
Late Congressman's Wife on Quest for Missing Cash, Memorabilia
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Holly Campbell / WLFI-TV:
Former Lafayette surgeon sentenced to 10 years
Discussion: Associated Press
Margaret Slattery / Politico:
The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong
Discussion: CBS Minnesota
David Frum / The Atlantic Online:
The Real Target of Obama's Speech on Tuesday? Hillary Clinton